Nabil Bentaleb praises Tottenham Hotspur's youth system

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is shocked to have seen so many of his former academy team-mates make the grade at White Hart Lane.

Nabil Bentaleb has admitted to Tottenham Hotspur's official website that he never expected so many academy graduates to break through together.

Bentaleb has stepped into Tottenham's first-team at the same time as Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Andros Townsend, and the central midfielder says that he has been shocked to see so many of his fellow home-grown talents make the grade.

Bentaleb thought that one or two of the group may have represented the first-team, but he is delighted to see so many of them thriving.

“It’s unbelievable really. I played with Ryan, Harry and Andros in the Development Squad," he said. "We never thought we would all break through together, perhaps one or two, but not four of five at the same time.

"It just underlines the quality of the coaching at the club and once you show the ability and the desire, you certainly have the chance to be part of the first team.”

Tottenham's academy system is booming at the moment and there are plenty more players coming through the system that look set to join Bentaleb in the senior ranks at some stage.

Mauricio Pochettino is a manager who has faith in youth and he has seen that trust pay dividends this season, as Spurs' youngsters have saved their season.

Mason, Bentaleb and Kane have been three of Tottenham's star performers in 2014/15 and they are a core of players that the Lilywhites can build their team around for the years ahead, as they look to become a club capable of qualifying for the Champions League on a regular basis.

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